In front of hundreds of tourists and passersby, the Berliner first stabbed himself in the chest with a knife, then poured a flammable liquid over himself and lit himself on fire.
Passersby notified the police and rescue crews. Rescue workers and medical personnel tried for 30 minutes to resuscitate the man, the newspaper BZ reported. He died at the scene from his injuries.
Police ruled the case a suicide, after finding a goodbye letter from the man. The reasons for the suicide were personal, according to the police.